March 2008 Issue

Stenden University to Host
1st IIPT European Conference

International Institute for Peace through Tourism (IIPT) is pleased to announce that Stenden University (formerly CHN University) will host the First IIPT European Conference:

“Bridging the North–South Divide
Sustainable Tourism Development”

The Conference, which will take place in both The Hague and Leeuwarden, is scheduled for the week of October 19, 2008. The Conference is in support of the United Nations declared International Decade for a Culture of Peace and Non-Violence for the Children of the World (2001-2010), and the U.N. Millennium Development Goals.

Topics to be addressed in the context of the theme “Bridging the North – South Divide through Sustainable Tourism Development” will include:

  • Gaining greater leverage from North – South initiatives including the roles of Donor Agencies, Foundations, and NGO’s
  • South – South Initiatives in Sustainable Tourism Development
  • Innovative Initiatives within Developing Countries, particularly Least Developed Countries (LDC's) and the Small Islands Developing States (SIDS)
  • Innovative Private Sector Initiatives
  • Recent Developments in Micro-Enterprise
  • Volunteer Tourism, Philanthropic Tourism, Fair Trade Tourism
  • Knowledge Transfer and the Contribution of Technology to Sustainable Tourism Development
  • The Role of Culture and Sport

Persons wishing to nominate “Success Stories” or “Models of Best Practice” in any of the above topics – or other relevant areas – are invited to send project/program descriptions to: Amy Garrett, Email:

In announcing the 1st IIPT European Conference, IIPT Founder and President Louis D’Amore said, “I am most impressed with the value driven and globally oriented foundations of Stenden’s educational programs – and the university’s student-centered visionary leadership. Modern facilities add further to the dynamic nature of the university and its nurturing, learning environment.”

“As well, the city of Leeuwarden – the “Best Student City of the Netherlands” – provides a supportive and stimulating setting to the Stenden University students, and blends seamlessly with the peaceful rural environment of Fryslân. The Hague – a short distance away, is a unique beacon of inspiration as an international “City of Knowledge” and “City of Peace, Justice and Security.”

The University is truly international, having campuses in Thailand, Qatar, South Africa, and Germany in addition to its main campus in the Netherlands.

Stenden University Vice President and Executive Board Member Dr. Klaas-Wybo van der Hoek stated "We are honoured and pleased that IIPT has agreed to hold its 1st European Conference at our university and offer a warm welcome to all delegates to The Netherlands, Fryslan, Leeuwarden and Stenden University. We look forward to hosting the conference as we share IIPT’s philosophy and values regarding the contribution that tourism can make towards a sustainable and peaceful world and seek to pass these values on to our students together with the necessary knowledge that can move us towards these ends.”

The Conference will bring together senior executives from both the public and private sectors of tourism; senior officials of UN Agencies, the European Union, World Bank, UN World Tourism Organization, and other international organizations; and relevant NGO’s, as well as policy makers, educators, leading practitioners, entrepreneurs, future leaders of the industry, and senior representatives of related sectors including culture, environment and economic development.

The 1st IIPT European Conference builds on the foundations of: three Global Summits: Amman 2000; Geneva 2003; and Pattaya, Thailand 2005; three Global Conferences: Vancouver 1988; Montreal 1994; and Glasgow 1999; four African Conferences: Nelspruit, Mpumalanga Province, South Africa 2002; Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, 2003; Lusaka, Zambia, 2005; and Kampala, Uganda 2007; and several smaller conferences, symposia and workshops in Europe, Australia, North America, the Middle East and the Caribbean.

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IIPT Proud Partner in 4th African Diaspora Heritage Trail Conference: Catching the Fire

IIPT is again proud to be a partner in the 4th African Diaspora Heritage Trail International Conference: Catching the Fire being held in Bermuda from 26th to 30th July 2008 being hosted by Premier Dr. the Honorable Ewart F. Brown, JP, MP, and the Government of Bermuda. The Conference continues in the tradition of gathering diverse talented and experienced persons from throughout the African Diaspora who are committed to the authentic research, documentation, promotion and dynamic development of African Diaspora Heritage sites/venues, museums, monuments, and cultural expressions.

“Recapturing and revisioning the concept of a cross-border African Diaspora Heritage Trail, “CATCHING THE FIRE!” will translate the previous planning and valuable dialogue into solid structure by featuring the dynamic research of scholars, anthropologists, historical researchers, students, artists and other stakeholders as they uncover, recover, shape and ignite the Trail which retraces the footsteps of our ancestors.”

It was at IIPT’s First Global Summit on Peace through Tourism in Amman, Jordan, November 2000 that the late Hon. David H. Allen was inspired with the vision of “The African Diaspora Heritage Trail” (ADHT). Within six months, the ADHT was launched as a self-guided tour in Bermuda. It was subsequently presented in its full concept for the first time at the 1st IIPT African Conference on Peace through Tourism in Nelspruit, Mpumalanga Province, South Africa, March 2002.

In May 2002, Hon. David H. Allen’s inspired idea took full flight with international support at the First African Diaspora Heritage Trail Conference in Bermuda. In Hon. David Allen’s own words: “The aim of the African Diaspora Heritage Trail is to identify, conserve, and promote historic sites linked with the development and progress of people of African descent.”

Dr. Ewart Brown
Bermuda Premier

Hon. David Allen, the late Minister
of Tourism, Bermuda

With the continued bold leadership of Bermuda Premier, Dr. Ewart F. Brown, the ADHT has since been developing a network of collaborators who identify, build, finance, promote and market memorable heritage destinations. ADHT destinations foster sustainable economic development, provide inspiring educational experiences, produce quality cultural heritage products that expose visitors to authentic African Diaspora history and culture, and motivate local populations to become active participants in the preservation and dissemination of their own history and culture.

The 4th ADHT Conference will identify specific heritage trails in selected countries and physically place them on an interactive “Trail Map”, highlighting the connections between the developing components which make up an expanding trail of hope across borders of diverse nations.

Interactive conference offerings are designed to include the expertise of all participants, and convey the rich heritage and culture of the peoples of Africa and the African Diaspora as presented through their own artistic expressions, written and oral histories, institution-building and policy making. Conference attendees can expect to actively participate in educational and professional development sessions, share model heritage trail programs, enjoy networking on an international level, and receive unparalleled technical assistance for their heritage tourism programs.

For more information or to be added to the ADHT mailing list,
please contact:

The African Diaspora Heritage Trail Bermuda Foundation,
Bermuda Registered Charity #799, Department of Tourism,
Global House, 43 Church Street, Hamilton HM 12, Bermuda:
441 292 0023 x 1980 (phone); 441 292 7537 (fax); or e-mail

Upcoming details will be posted at:

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IIPT Joint Symposium with Institute for Corporate Responsibility – George Washington University

IIPT is proud to announce it is partnering with the Institute for Corporate Responsibility of George Washington University, in a Joint Symposium on the theme:

Peace through Commerce:
Harnessing the Power of the Global Tourism Industry

The Symposium, being organized in collaboration with the GW International Institute for Tourism Studies, U.S. Institute for Peace and National Geographic Society will take place 21-22, May 2008, at the George Washington University Business School.

For more than fifteen years, the tourism industry has had programs that focus on how it could contribute to peace. This history has produced multiple examples of business experience from which there is much to learn.

For approximately ten years, there has emerged a new area of academic inquiry sometimes called “Peace through Commerce.” This interdisciplinary academic endeavor has primarily focused on the conceptualization of the ways in which business might foster peace and to institutionalize those practices.

The time is opportune for a collaborative engagement of these two initiatives. There is much they can learn from each other and there is significant potential collaboration beginning with a symposium/workshop and potentially extending far beyond.

The goals of the Symposium are to :
  • Initiate a relationship between two institutes, IIPT and ICR, whose work is complementary;
  • Engage in an active dialogue about how pragmatic tourist practices and scholarly models might be integrated to foster a stronger approach to the promotion of peace through commercially driven sustainable tourism;
  • Plan a second, policy-oriented conference in November 08 with a purpose of having an impact on the foreign policy of the next US Presidential Administration including efforts to encourage the U.S. to rejoin the UN World Tourism Organization;
  • Encourage the publishing of academic papers through an arrangement with the Journal of Business Ethics;
  • and pursue new avenues of dialogue and opportunity that may be discovered at this symposium.

Dr. Tim L. Fort

Louis D'Amore

Dr. Donald Hawkins

Dawn Drew

Raymond Gilpin

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Featured speakers will include:

Dr. Timothy L. Fort, Executive Director of Institute for Corporate Responsibility and Lindner-Gambal Professor of Business Ethics, George Washington University

Louis D’Amore, Founder and President, International Institute for Peace through Tourism

Dr. Donald E. Hawkins, Eisenhower Professor of Tourism Policy and Executive Director, International Institute for Tourism Studies, George Washington University

Dawn Drew, Vice President and Publisher, National Geographic Traveler and Vice Chair Travel Industry Association of America (TIA)

Raymond Gilpin, Director of Economics and Conflict Center of Innovation, U.S.Institute of Peace

Elliot Bloom, Senior Vice President and Chief Communications Officer, Travelport

H.E. Professor Perezi K. Kamunanwire, Republic of Uganda Ambassador to the U.S.

James Early, Director of Cultural Heritage Policy, Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage

Dr. Edwin Epstein, Emeritus Professor of Corporate Responsibility, University of California-Berkeley

Dr. Stephen Lubkemann, Associate Professor of Anthropology and International Affairs, George Washington University

Martha Honey, Executive Director, Center on Ecotourism and Sustainable Development

Dr. Walter Jamieson, Dean of the School of Travel Industry Management, University of Hawaii at Manoa

Timothy Marshall, President, Jamaica Business Resource Center

Robert McNulty, Founder and President, Partners for Livable Communities

Jamie Sweeting, Senior Business Advisor, Conservation International

And others.

The GW Institute for Corporate Responsibility is devoted to the development and dissemination of scholarship, including research and teaching pertaining to corporate responsibility. It serves as a vehicle for continuing education, curriculum development, conferences and seminars. By fostering a business-university-government partnership—US and global—the ICR presents a unique knowledge creation and dissemination asset, building scholarly capacity to meet global challenges of the 21st century.



 1st IIPT International Community Tourism Retreat
June 20 –24 2008

 “Tourism Entrepreneurship –Sustaining and Transforming Communities”
The 1st IIPT International Community Tourism Retreat will be held from June 20-24, 2008 in Kingston, Jamaica at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in association with the Jamaica Hotel & Tourist Association (JHTA), the Ministry of Tourism, the Jamaica Tourist Board, and Countrystyle Community Tourism Network.

Theme for the Retreat is “Tourism Entrepreneurship –Sustaining and Transforming Communities.” 

Participants will include Communities, Community Based Organizations, Non-Government Organizations, Public Sector, Private Sector, special interest organizations, educational groups and international community tour operators and travel agents.

The Retreat will also include a Trade Show, special community tours and the hosting of delegates in communities.

IIPT Caribbean President & Co-coordinator of the IIPT Community Tourism Network, Diana McIntyre-Pike said,“this Community Tourism Retreat will sensitize everyone to the business of community tourism and give us an opportunity to present Jamaica’s two year community tourism entrepreneurship programme, the Ministry of Tourism’s Spruce up Programme to community representatives here and  internationally and allow them to interact with established community tourism entrepreneurs.”

Community Tourism encourages the visitor to discover the appeal of indigenous attributes within a community, along with their local resources and talents. Through visitor-community interaction, respective cultures are explored, ideas and information are exchanged and new friends are made. Community Tourism fosters opportunities at the community level for local people to participate more fully in the tourism industry. These opportunities range from establishing bed and breakfast accommodation in a rural home to creating income-generating commercial tourism opportunities for an entire village.

Individuals or communities who wish to be involved in the IIPT Community Tourism Retreat and potential sponsors may contact : IIPT Community Tourism Secretariat : Danielle Cunningham Retreat Co-ordinator, Tel.: 876-371-1490.
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IIPT Again Proud Sponsor of TheTRADEShow

IIPT is proud to again be a sponsor of THETRADESHOW 2008 (Travel Retailing and Destination Expo) being held at the Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, Florida, September 7-9, 2008.

THETRADESHOW 2008 again provides a major opportunity for IIPT collaboration with ASTA and its partners in promoting travel throughout the world as a vital force for international understanding and peace.

Clearly, the mission of IIPT in "Building a Culture of Peace through Tourism" has never been more important. The participation of IIPT and its members in THETRADESHOW 2008 will encourage other attendees to spread the word throughout the world that Every traveler is potentially an Ambassador for Peace. ”It is only through travel and people-to-people encounters that we can come to realize the full significance of our inter-connectedness and common future in an ever shrinking Global Village.”

THETRADESHOW has more exhibitors, more consumers and more business opportunities than any other North American event. In just three days, it is possible to connect with thousands of travel sellers and suppliers from every segment of the industry —all in one convenient location.

THETRADESHOW, held last year in Las Vegas, brought together more than 5,200 persons from every segment of the industry. For three days, 3,836 attendees gathered at the Las Vegas Convention Center for one-on-one business appointments, travel seminars and exhibits. THETRADESHOW reported 2,405 travel buyers and 1,240 exhibitors having attended, as well as 413 exhibiting companies (58 percent of which were new to THETRADESHOW), 1,417 consumers and 191 media, non-exhibiting suppliers and guests.

While the THETRADESHOW offered agents the chance to meet and network with suppliers, it also offered suppliers an opportunity to present their products to agents in new and unique ways, such as The Presentation Pavilions, which hosted nearly 2,380 people over three days; educational classroom sessions, which were attended by more than 2,800 people (235 percent more people than last year) and product seminars, which were attended by more than 933 people, up by 155 percent from last year.

For more information on THETRADESHOW, call 1.866.870.9333 or visit  
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 Show Your Support with One Earth One Family
IIPT Plaques and Gift Cards

Created exclusively for IIPT, both items display the IIPT Credo of the Peaceful Traveler and Art Piece by R. Padre Johnson. The Credo of the Peaceful Traveler puts forth an ethical travel philosophy for travelers to abide by. The IIPT Credo of the Peaceful Traveler was the inspiration of a very special person at the IIPT First Global Conference: Tourism - A Vital Force for Peace, Vancouver 1988. We have respected the author's request to remain annonymous. The IIPT Credo has since spread across the travel and tourism industry worldwide.

The One Earth One Family art piece
by R. Padre Johnson provides a view of our incredible earth from outer space, surrounded by the open faces of 25 children and adults from different cultures. Each portrait represents an important visual statement about the unique and interesting facial difference in each individual, the culture and ethnicity each represents, and the limitless threads of common humanity that draws all citizens of our planet more closely together as one inter-dependent family.

These items will remind all who see or receive them of what a privilege it is to travel freely throughout the world and the opportunity they have as they travel to be ambassadors of international understanding, good will and peace. These items will be admired and appreciated by everyone who sees them in your office, place of business or home.

Costs are $200 (US) plus shipping for an Acrylic Plaque, and $15 (US) plus shipping for a Gift Card pack of 10 Cards and Envelopes.  To order online or by fax/mail, please visit our website.

About IIPT

The International Institute for Peace through Tourism (IIPT) is a not for profit organization dedicated to fostering travel and tourism initiatives that contribute to international understanding and cooperation, an improved quality of environment, the preservation of heritage, and poverty reduction; and through these initiatives, helping to bring about a peaceful and sustainable world.  It is founded on a vision of the world’s largest industry, travel and tourism – becoming the world’s first global peace industry; and the belief that every traveler is potentially an “Ambassador for Peace.”

For more information:
IIPT Website:
Tel: (802) 253-2658
Fax: (802) 253-2645

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